All Man: The International Male Story
Director: Bryan Darling, Jesse Finley Reed Run Time: 83 min. Release Year: 2022
Starring: Carson Kressley, Gene Burkard, Jake Shears, Matt Bomer, Tony Ward
Wicked Queer: Docs • Spotlight Feature
More than outrageous fashions, hunky models, and scandalous undies, ALL MAN: THE INTERNATIONAL MALE STORY is a journey across three decades of the International Male catalog’s lasting impact on fashion, masculinity, and gay rights. With revenues at its peak of $120 million and circulation of over 3 million, the catalog successfully appealed to both gay and straight audiences, and helped transform conservative notions of American masculinity towards a more carefree, cosmopolitan, and confident expression. Written by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jones and narrated by Matt Bomer (MAGIC MIKE, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, etc…), ALL MAN is a character-driven portrait of a band of outsiders who changed the way men looked and how the world looked at them. This is their story – a modern day fairy tale that really did come true.
“A highly pleasurable ride through late twentieth century fashion that’ll delight those who cherished their time with International Male as much as those discovering it for the first time.” – James Kleinmann, The Queer Review